Robert Tomaro (1999), Visiting Adjunct Assistant Professor
Shogren Family Conductor
Music Director and Conductor, Beloit-Janesville Symphony
B.S., Northwestern University
M.A., Ph.D., New York University
Robert Tomaro is fast gaining a reputation for his electrifying and innovative performances in the international arena of symphonic conducting and composition. His credits include concerts and CD recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Slovak Radio Orchestra, the Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra of Poland, the Black Sea Philharmonic of Rumania, the Hayes Symphony in London, and the Fairbanks Symphony in Alaska. He has toured extensively throughout Scandinavia, England, France, Poland, Rumania, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.
Dr. Tomaro, before being appointed as Music Director of the Beloit-Janesville Symphony and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at Beloit College, served as Director of Music of the Elysian Symphony in New Jersey and Director of Music of the County College of Morris Symphony Orchestra. He is a recording artist as both conductor and composer for MMC and Capstone Records. His lCD recording for MMC, "Robert Tomaro Conducts the London Symphony and the Moravian Philharmonic", was released to excellent reviews. It features performances of two of his own symphonic works, as well as his vibrant interpretation of Copland's Symphony No. 3.
A graduate of Northwestern University and New York University, he received a Ph.D. in composition while he was Director of Music of the New York University Symphony Orchestra. He subsequently served on the faculties of St. John's University in New York and Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Dr. Tomaro is a member of Kappa Delta Pi and Pi Kappa Lambda, the national honor societies in education and music education, and a winner of the New Jersey Council on the Arts Fellowship Award for Symphonic Composition. He was also honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for conducting the recording of the Emmy Award winning score for the Los Angeles Marathon.
Dr. Tomaro is a jazz guitarist as well as a conductor. He has performed extensively, both domestically and abroad, with his own ensemble, The Robert Tomaro Trio, and with several touring ensembles. He has appeared in concert with artists such as Bill Evans, Stephanie Grapelli, and Charles Mingus and performed in the orchestras of the original Broadway productions of numerous shows, including The Lion King, Tommy, Barnum, Les Miserables, Evita, Dancin', and I Love My Wife.